Student Chapters

ACS’s nationwide network of nearly 200 law school student chapters is fostering a new generation of progressive leaders. A list of all student chapters is available here.
If you are interested in helping to organize an ACS student chapter, please contact Student Chapters at or 202-393-6181.
Not yet an ACS student member? Join our network today.


2016 National Convention: June 9-11, 2016
Join us this summer for the 2016 ACS National Convention. The ACS National Convention attracts more than 1,000 of the nation's leading progressive judges, lawyers and policymakers, providing a unique oppurtunity to learn about pressing legal issues while networking with lawyers, professors, policy advocates, judges and elected officials. This year's convention will take place June 9-11 and will include panel discussions on a wide range of topics, including the 2016 election and the future of constitutional law, campus racial justice protests, and the increasing use of forced arbitration. 
June 9-11, 2016
Capital Hilton
1001 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Visit the official convention website for more information and to register today!
For those looking for alternative hotel & housing options during convention, please view our recommendation sheet
Be sure to check out highlights from the 2015 ACS National Convention

2016 Next Generation Leader and Board Member Application
ACS is pleased to offer its student members two opportunities to enhance their engagement in the organization’s work: the ACS Next Generation Leaders (NGL) program and a two-year term on the ACS Board of Directors.
Students graduating in 2016, 2017 and 2018 who are ACS national members are eligible to apply for the NGL program. Students applying for the Board of Directors must also apply for the NGL program or already be an NGL. 2016 graduates are not eligible to apply for the Board of Directors position.
Click here for more information and to download the application form.
The submission deadline has passed

Program Guides

Student Convention:

Check out videos, photos and the program schedule from the 2015 Student Convention!

Questions? Contact ACS at

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ACS National Writing Competitions
ACS encourages all students who have written or will write a paper on constitutional law to submit their work to ACS's Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition. The winning author will receive $3,000 and an offer of publication in the UPenn Journal of Constitutional Law. Each of the two runners-up will receive $1,000. The deadline for the 2016 Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition is has passed.
Judges Panel for 2016 CBM National Student Writing Competition
  • Hon. Stewart Dalzell, US District Court for Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Hon. George J. Hazel, US District Court for District of Maryland
  • Hon. John J. McConnell, Jr., US District Court for District of Rhode Island
  • Katherine Minarik, Partner, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott
  • Prof. Sarah Shalf, Emory University School of Law
  • Prof. Kermit Roosevelt, University of Pennsylvania School of Law
ACS is excited to annouce two annual national writing competitions. The winning author of the 7th annual Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law will receive a cash prize as well as special recognition at the ACS National Convention and on the ACS website. The deadline for submission has passed

Discounted 3L Membership
After graduation, continue to stay active in one of ACS's more than 40 lawyer chapters around the country. ACS offers a Discounted Young Lawyer Membership rate of $10 to 2015 graduates, so be sure to take advantage of this deal. Your membership will be good through December 2016!



2016 Program Guide:
The 2015 Program Guide:
An Update to the 2014 Program Guide:
Constitutional Interpretation Events:

Consider holding an ACS event on constitutional interpretation! Here are some suggestions for topic ideas: Keeping Faith with the Constitution, It is a Constitution We Are Expounding, The Framers’ Constitution: Toward a Theory of Principled Constitutionalism, The Constitution in 2020 or Windsor, Shelby County, and the Demise of Originalism: A Personal Account.

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Student Chapter of the Week May 16:
New York University School of Law
As the school year comes to a close, the New York University School of Law’s ACS Chapter looks back on one of its best years yet. While increasing their membership and deepening their ties with other progressive groups on campus, they’ve put on a range of events from the rights of women and Native Americans to the environmental movement and wartime civil rights. The Chapter is especially proud of its active contributions to progressive legal advocacy, including continued collaboration with the Brennan Center’s Voting Rights & Elections Project.
Highlights include:
  • A panel on Second Amendment advocacy with former U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman and several Second Amendment jurisprudence experts.
  • A talk with Shana Knizhnik and Irin Carmon on their new book, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
  • A discussion on abortion rights cases before the Supreme Court.
  • A practitioner talk with Charles Borden, head of Allen & Overy's Political Law Group.
  • A conversation with Professor Linda Hirshman about her new book, Sisters In Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World.
The NYU Law’s ACS Chapter is looking forward to making an even bigger splash in the 2016-2017 academic year. Through increased community outreach efforts and student-group collaboration, they plan to fight even harder to defend the rights of marginalized communities and achieve a progressive vision of the Constitution. The Chapter is grateful to NYU Law, their Faculty Advisors Adam Cox and Burt Neuborne, and ACS National for their support.
For more great ideas from our student chapters, please click here.